Thoroughly Thursday - the "Really Long Thursday" Edition


Welcome back to Thoroughly Thursday, the Really Long Thursday Edition. This last week, we’ve been in visiting London, with a quick day trip to France in what will probably always be known to my children as the “Prisoner’s March through Paris.” We’re heading home today, which means my Thursday will be 32 hours. Like any really fast trip, there is that certain combination of sleep deprivation and trying to fit in too many events and historic sites that after awhile everything begins to blend together in a hallucinogenic haze. My best solution is to make videos while we go. If you’ve been a TT-friend for awhile, this was my trick during last hop to Europe. Below are the first couple days of our trip. 

What I'm (Looking Forward to) Reading - The Right Book to Buy
During my final few months of college, I wrote a letter to Shakespeare & Company, the historic English language bookstore in Paris, asking for a job. A combination of literary history, French cinema, and fanciful stories of Paris had swirled in my brain and I envisioned I would be an excellent addition to Shakespeare & Co crew. Mind you, I didn’t speak French and had no idea where the bookstore was in Paris, but hey, I was soon going to have a lot of time on my hands and I figured why not. A few weeks later, I recieved a postcard that politely declined my request, and being 22 yrs old, I felt humiliated and decided not to go to France for at least 20 years. 

However, this last week, I finally got to visit it. On the banks of the Seine, across from the Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, it is a huge store and a bit of a mecca for literary tourists. and makes one want to pull out a beaten travel typewriter and get to work on some sequel to the Moveable Feast. I knew I had to buy a book, but I spent the better part of an hour trying to decide which one. Eventually, I found a copy of Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie, which I first read about the time I wrote my original letter, which aside from being amazing, was that book that taught me what writing really could be. It was a small, important moment, and when they stamped the interior page with the Shakespeare & Co. monogram, I decided to forgive them for not hiring me all those years ago. 

All the best, and remember, tomorrow is Friday. :)

Scott Moe

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